Doctors at the St. Barnabas Hospital are advising patients who are seeking to have an STDs test done at the hospital to avoid contact with family members or anyone who has been exposed to a patient.
In a memo to the staff released Wednesday, the hospital’s director of general operations said the testing procedure, which can take up to two hours, could be dangerous to health and safety if it’s not done correctly.
The memo came after a patient who tested positive for HIV tested positive at a different St. Bernard Parish facility.
“We strongly recommend that you do not have contact with any family members who have been exposed or come into contact with someone who has recently tested positive.
If a family member or a coworker has tested positive and is sharing a home, it’s possible that that person will be exposed to another STDs person, which could spread the infection and spread the disease,” Dr. Gary Hensley said in the memo.
A spokesperson for St. Gabriel Parish Health Services confirmed that they are aware of the incident and that they’re working with the hospital on a possible response.
A similar incident happened in February.
A worker at a hospital in St. Tammany Parish contracted the virus while performing an STI test, according to the Associated Press.
He tested negative after contracting the virus from his wife and two children.
It’s unclear whether any other workers have tested positive or whether the incident could have affected other patients in the facility.
The AP reports that hospital staff members have been trained in how to handle STDs and that there are a number of steps they can take to prevent spread.
It was not immediately clear how many other workers might have been infected.
The STDs testing facility is located on the fourth floor of the hospital, located at the corner of La Salle Street and the first floor of St. John’s Street.
It is also at the intersection of Sts.
Patrick and St. Francis, with an adjacent parking lot.
In an email to staff, the doctor’s memo said the hospital has also instituted new policies and procedures, including using hand sanitizer in the patient room.
The hospital will also be sending employees and visitors to a special room that has been built specifically for testing in an attempt to decrease the risk of spreading infections.